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October 3rd 2007, 12:54 PM
I am currently going to school to get my degree in applied mathematics and would one day love to become an actuary. Problem is I do not have any exams done yet and I am unsure of when to take them. I was hoping you all can tell me after what math courses taking the 1st and 2nd exam would be best. I am currently in CC(ELAC) transfering to UCLA. These are the classes needed to transfer in order:
math 125: intermediate algebre
math 241: trigonometry with vectors
math 260: pre-calculus
math 261: calculus 1
math 262: calculus 2
math 263: calculus 3
math 270: linear algebra
math 275: ordinary differential equations
also Econ 1&2 and an accounting class.
so when would be the best time to take exam 1 and 2?
any help is appreciated
October 3rd 2007, 01:05 PM
You need a calculus-based probability course before you have a fighting chance at P/1, and calc 3 is necessary unless you're good at studying on your own. For FM/2, some financial course plus a semester or two of calc is the bare minimum.
October 3rd 2007, 07:40 PM
these are classes I must take to transfer. So are you saying I can't take an exam until the 3 or 4 year of univeristy? do they use upper division math courses?
October 3rd 2007, 08:11 PM
linear algebra and differential equations are not significant parts of any actuarial exam. But if you are considering calculus 3 to be upper level, then yes, it is necessary.
The fact of the matter is that an applied math program is not the best way to approach actuarial science -- speaking as someone who has designed such a program, it is more designed for engineering applications. A statistics major or a pure math major would be more appropriate.
October 3rd 2007, 08:26 PM
My mistake I meant math/applied science I will be following the actuarial plan.
The math classes I listed are all for the first 2 years before I transfer it is required.
October 4th 2007, 10:05 AM
There isn't even a stat course on your list. You will not be ready for exam P after just these courses. But, think about taking exam FM first instead. You could take FM right after you finish your Calc I class or at least by the time you're done with Calc II.
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